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Igor I. Solar

Digital Journalist based in Valparaíso, Chile. Joined on Feb 22, 2010
Expertise in Environment & green living, Music, Science & space, Travel, Ethnic cultures


Op-Ed: 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' — A masterpiece of poetic prose

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a story that can be read over and over, in the same way that children watch again and again their favorite cartoon. It is a story impossible to forget, written in wonderful poetic prose, full of metaphors and symbolism.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 6 comments

Ecuador: Priest arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking

Ibarra - A Catholic priest was arrested in Ecuador on suspicion of being part of a criminal organization that was sending drugs to Europe and the United States. Narcotics police officers seized 74 kilos of cocaine.
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Op-Ed: Bio-Bío River - Emblem of the on-going struggle of the Mapuche Special

Concepci - The Bio-Bio River is Chile's second largest river and the country's widest. As one of Chile's most important rivers from the historical and economical standpoints, it has become a symbol of the long struggle of the aboriginal Mapuche.
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Review: Holm — Salads and fruit juice combinations for health buffs Special

Santiago - Among the recent additions to the restaurant scene in Santiago is 'Holm', a Salad and Juice Bar serving creative combinations of fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, which has become one of the best vegetarian options in the Chilean capital.
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Chillán Cathedral — Tribute to victims of Chile’s deadliest quake Special

The Cathedral of Chillán is a memorial to the 5,648 victims of the earthquake of 24 January 1939. The unique modernistic construction provides a bright setting full of symbolism honouring those who died that tragic night in the Chilean city of Chillán.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Baby Western lowland gorilla born at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto - Ngozi and Charles, the couple of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas, are the proud parents of a baby gorilla born last week at the Toronto Zoo. Mother and baby are doing well, but gender of the newborn has not yet been determined.
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Closures of valuable fisheries libraries worry aquatic scientists

Ottawa - The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans is dismantling most of its library system. Many documents are being digitized, however scientists claim thousands of valuable books and scientific reports are being given away or sent to the dumpster.
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Venezuelan beauty queen and ex-husband killed in highway robbery

Caracas - The actress and former Miss Venezuela Mónica Spear and her ex-husband were shot dead by criminals while they were stranded on a highway on Monday night. The daughter of the couple was injured but is in stable condition.
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Dozens of pilot whales strand and die on New Zealand beach

Takaka - Thirty-nine pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach at Golden Bay on the South Island of New Zealand, reports the New Zealand Ministry of Conservation. Many of the mammals could not be saved and were euthanized to prevent further suffering.
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Review: ‘Huáscar’ — Shrine to the glory of Peruvian and Chilean Navies Special

Talcahuano - The warship “BAP Huáscar” was built in the UK in 1864 and served in the Peruvian Navy until her capture by the Chilean Navy in the War of the Pacific. It is now a floating museum and memorial to national navy heroes in the port of Talcahuano, Chile.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Caleta Tumbes — Hard hit by 2010 tsunami is back from the rubble Special

Talcahuano - The Tumbes Fishing Cove was devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck central-southern Chile in February 2010. The picturesque place has been completely rebuilt and remains a major attraction in the region.
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New Year popular traditions and superstitions in Chile

In Chile a variety of conjures and superstitions are supposed to increase the prospects of having a successful New Year. Some folks in the city of Talca spend the night and have dinner with their deceased relatives at the local cemetery.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Kampango — African catfish takes parental devotion to extremes

Parental catfish of Lake Malawi feed and care for their young in a way similar to birds. Both parents defend the nest and the female sheds unfertilized eggs which are eaten by the catfish young. Another fish species takes advantage of this unusual trait.
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Techno-helmet can translate animals' thoughts into human language

Malm - You get home and your dog jumps at you, barks loudly, runs around, moves its ears, wags its tail, or looks at you with interest or indifference. Do you understand what your pet is trying to tell you? Now you can know.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 8 comments

China: Chang'e 3 and 'Jade Rabbit' landing 'a complete success'

Beijing - China has declared its Chang'e -3 lunar landing “a complete success” after the exploration robot Yutu (Jade Rabbit) and its mother ship photographed each other and sent the images to Earth.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Metallica brings heavy metal concert to sub-zero Antarctica

Metallica, one of the most recognizable metal bands in the world, offered an unusual concert in Antarctica. About a hundred fans heard the group through headphones to avoid environmental impact disrupting the peaceful life of Antarctic fauna.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 7 comments

Review: Epic mural acclaims the cultural values of Latin American peoples Special

Concepci - Considered the most important collection of Chilean painting, second only to the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of the University of Concepción, holds an impressive mural and about 1800 works of the most prominent Chilean artists.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Photo Essay: The 'Isidora Goyenechea Botanical Gardens’ of Lota Special

Lota - Considered as one of the most outstanding examples of French and British landscape developments in Chile, the Botanical Park of Lota was conceived by the mining magnate Luis Cousiño as a gift of love to his wife Isidora Goyenechea.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Review: Lota Coal Mine — Life and death under the sea Special

Lota - Relics of the coal-mining era have become a work alternative for Lota former coal miners. A journey mixing pride, nostalgia, and social criticism takes visitors through tunnels hundreds of meters below the sea, showing the hard life of coal miners.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 7 comments

Chile leading world exports of several fruit and seafood products

Although copper remains Chile's largest commodity export (60 percent), food exports from Chile are increasing with several products such as fresh grapes, blueberries and salmon leading exports in world markets.
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